Richard N. Holzapfel

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Richard Charles Neitzel Holzapfel[1] (born 1954)[2] is an American professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) and a prolific author on topics related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


Holzapfel was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, and moved regularly as a child, due to his father's naval career. In addition to his native town, his family resided in Southern California, Maine, and Hawaii. He attended Castle Park High School (Chula Vista, California) and graduated from York High School (York, Maine) in 1972. Holzapfel served two year as a missionary for the LDS Church in Italy and Switzerland.

Holzapfel attended BYU, Hebrew Union College, and the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), receiving B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees respectively, with an emphasis in the following areas: Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish History, Ancient History, American History, and Nineteenth Century American Religious History.

Holzapfel met Jeni Broberg at BYU, and they were married in 1978. A year later their first child was born and Holzapfel moved his family to California to pursue a doctorate at UC Irvine, where he simultaneously worked for the LDS Church's Seminaries and Institutes. His first book, Old Mormon Nauvoo 1839-1846 was released in 1990.

Holzapfel later went to BYU as an assistant professor in 1993, teaching in the Church History, Ancient Scripture, and History departments. His courses included the Honors sections of the Doctrine and Covenants and New Testament. He taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center from 1997 to 1998. He has lectured around the United States and in other countries.

Holzapfel served as the Publications Director of the Religious Educator, a quarterly journal publication of the Religious Studies Center at BYU. In addition to teaching and filling various committee assignments at the university, Holzapfel continues a heavy research, writing, and publication agenda. He has written over 32 books and numerous articles.

Holzapfel and his wife reside in Springville, Utah and are the parents of five children. Holzapfel has served in the LDS Church as a bishop,[3] as president of the Alabama Birmingham Mission from 2010 to 2013,[4] and since March 2014, Holzapfel has served as president of the church's Provo Utah YSA 1st Stake.[5]

In 2007, Holzapfel assisted the More Good Foundation to launch, a website intending to bring people closer to Jesus Christ.


Holzapfel has written numerous books, including biographies and various photographic works.

Holzapfel also edited with Thomas A. Wayment a three volume series The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ.[6]


  1. ^ Holzapfel's middle names are from the Google Book Search entry for his doctoral dissertation. See: "Roman Christianity". Google Book Search. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Brigham Young : images of a Mormon prophet / Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, R....". Copyright Catalog (1978 to present). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  3. ^ Church News, Feb. 13, 2010.[full citation needed]
  4. ^ "New mission presidents." Church News, July 3, 2010, p. 5
  5. ^ "New stake presidents", Church News, April 26, 2014.
  6. ^ FARMS Review, Vol. 19, issue 1


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